Outdoor Play Policy 

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  • Outdoor Play Policy
    • What is the purpose of policy?
      • Outdoor play policy ensures that a child has a safe and enriched play experience that is different from an indoor environment.
      • Policy gives children boundaries in which they can play without the loss of risk.
      • It gives the parent/teacher/supervisor guidelines to follow to make sure the child has an enriched and safe outdoor experience.
        • For example, the procedure for Forest schools.
    • Manifesto Learning outside the classroom (Welsh Government, 2006)
      • Beliefs behind policy: They believe that every young person should experience the world beyond the classroom as an essential part of learning and personal development, whatever their age, ability or circumstance (DfES, 2006).
        • Vision: They believe that outdoor learning offers a 'direct' experience to children
          • HOW?WHERE? WHAT?
            • There is strong evidence that quality outdoor learning actually contributes to the learning inside the classroom
              • This policy provides government support including the improvement of training programmes. This is done by having access to resources, receiving guidance and using expertise.
              • Parents are encouraged to become engaged, as well as the community in order to aid learning outside of the classroom.
                • Risk assessment must be carried out before any participation in outdoor activity
                  • Opportunities promote learning
              • Enables children to be confident individuals and impacts positively upon young children's attitudes, beliefs and self perception (Outdoor learning policy, p. 3).
          • in the outdoors, children can experience climate, openness, messiness, and different  landscape such as hills, holes, streams and mud puddles (Greenman, 1991).
        • Can have a positive impact on childrens behaviour
    • “Play encompasses children's behaviour which is freely chosen, personally directed and intrinsically motivated" (Play Wales, 2002) 
      • "Freely chosen"
        • The child can choose when, how, what and who it plays with. Play is something they should want to participate in not made to.
          • Linked to the idea of 'free play'.
      • "Personally directed"
        • Play should be child led- Not adult led. By doing this it allows the child to explore and interact freely without the need to conform.
          • Play Wales (2013) believes that as adults “we over-supervise or over-protect we take away the child’s free choice”.
      • It is important to ensure that children are allowed to explore their imagination outdoors, this is promoted through child led play rather than adult.
    • Early Years
      • Child centered education in a Nursery/Primary school setting
        • "'Free play" (Maynard and Waters,2014)
          • Teachers should now be viewed as 'facilitators' rather than fully control a play session.
          • Often used in nursery gardens in the 1960s.
            • Often these places are the only natural areas for children to go, so are great "in-between" areas to play in (Play Wales, 2013)
          • However boundaries do need to be put in place for safety purposes.
      • “design of day care settings should include spaces supporting ‘restoration,’ such as natural areas” (Taylor,2001)
        • signifying the importance of a natural environment as a play setting option
          • The rise in technology
            • Its significant that an outdoor learning environment is still a play option.
              • Technology has created an "attraction for staying home" (Play England,2008).
  • WELSH PLAY POLICY
  • “design of day care settings should include spaces supporting ‘restoration,’ such as natural areas” (Taylor,2001)
    • signifying the importance of a natural environment as a play setting option
      • The rise in technology
        • Its significant that an outdoor learning environment is still a play option.
          • Technology has created an "attraction for staying home" (Play England,2008).

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